Dr. V Shanta, founder of Adyar Cancer Institute
Dr. V Shanta, the founder of Adyar Cancer Institute, at the age of 93. She was admitted to a private hospital in the city last night after complaining of chest pain.

Dr. V Shanta, founder of Adyar Cancer Institute, located in Tamil Nadu, died today in the capital Chennai. At the age of 93, he said goodbye to the world. He was admitted to a private hospital in the city last night after complaining of chest pain. He was undergoing treatment here. After his death, his body was taken to the old Cancer Institute campus, which he had collaborated with his mentor Dr. Krishnamurthy to build.

Veteran oncologist V. Shanta has also been awarded several awards. He was awarded the Padma Shri 1986 in the year 1986 and the Padma Bhushan in the year 2006. She was famous for providing accessible treatments for cancer. He has also been awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award.

Senior oncologist and chairperson of the Adyar Cancer Institute Dr V Shanta passed away in the early hours on Tuesday morning. She was 93. The veteran oncologist was admitted to a private hospital in the city last night after she complained of chest pain. Her body has been moved to the old Cancer Institute premises, which she helped build along with her mentor Dr. Krishnamoorthy.

The Padma Shri (1986) and Padma Bhushan (2006) awarded doctor was renowned for her efforts towards making quality and affordable cancer treatment accessible to all patients. She was also awarded the Padma Vibhushan and the Ramon Magsaysay awards. Dr Shanta was the Chairman and Executive Chairman of the Cancer Institute (WIA) Chennai.

“Her entire medical life over 50 years has been dedicated to the mission of organising care of Cancer patients, the study of the disease, its prevention and control, the generation of specialists and scientists in different aspects of Oncologic Sciences,” the Adyar Cancer Institute said.

She played an important role along with Dr. Krishnamurthi in the development of the Cancer Institute from a cottage hospital of 12 beds to a major comprehensive Cancer Centre of national and international stature.

Dr. V. Shanta was born in a distinguished scientific family of India in Chennai. Her immediate grand uncle and uncle were both Noble Laureates. She graduated (M.B.B.S.) in 1949, D.G.O. in 1952 and M.D, in Obstetrics & Gynecology in 1955. In April 1955, she joined the fledgling Cancer Institute, established in 1954 by the Womens’ Indian Association Cancer Relief Fund, as its Resident Medical Officer in preference to the Asst. Surgeon’s Post in the Women & Children’s Hospital, Madras, to which she had been selected by the Madras Public Service Commission.

Dr V.Shanta is at present Chairman & Executive Chairman of the Cancer Institute (WIA) Chennai.

Her entire medical life over 50 years has been dedicated to the mission of organising care of Cancer patients, the study of the disease, its prevention and control, the generation of specialists and scientists in different aspects of Oncologic Sciences. She has played an important role along with Dr. Krishnamurthi in the development of the Cancer Institute (WIA) from a cottage hospital of 12 beds to a major comprehensive Cancer Centre of national and international stature. She has played a pioneering role in all the achievements of the Institute.

She was on WHO Advisory Committee on Cancer till March 2005. She was also Convener of the State Advisory Board on Cancer. She has been Chairman of the INDO-US Collaborative Group on Lymphoid Neoplasias (Indian Chapter), member of many ICMR Committees, member of the ICMR Task Force on Registries and member of the Syndicate of the Anna University. She was President of the Indian Society of Oncology (88-90), President of the Asian & Pacific Federation of Organisations for cancer control (97-99) and President of the 15th Asian & Pacific Cancer Conference (1999). She has participated in a number of Scientific International Collaborative Programmes.

Apart from many awards from public and official organisations for her contribution to the advances in management and control of Cancer, she was the recipient of major National and International Awards.

She has published over 95 papers in national and international journals, contributed chapters in Oncology books, delivered many prestigious orations and participated in many international and national conferences.

Dr. V. Shanta NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL AWARDS

 

YEAR NAME OF THE AWARD
1986 PADMA SHRI
1997 IARC Award – Work for Development of Registries in India.
1998 D.Sc. Shri Venkateswara University – Contribution in the field of Medicine
2002 D.Sc Tamil Nadu Dr.M.G.R.Medical University
2002 Nazli-Gad-El-Mawla Award- Cancer Control in a resource poor country, Brussels
2005 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service, Philippines
2006 PADMA BHUSHAN
2013 Avvaiyar Award by Government of Tamilnadu
2013 D.Sc. Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences & D.Sc. Sathyabama University for Life Time Achievement Awards – 13

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